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Hagel: Top military brass to be cut 20 percent

By Lara Jakes

AP National Security Writer

LAST UPDATED: 09:55 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. » The Pentagon chief says his staff and that of his top brass will be trimmed by 20 percent in coming years.

The comments today by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel came on the second day of a tour of four military bases to talk about budget cuts that have forced furloughs of Defense Department civilian employees and a shortage in services for troops.

Hagel said personnel in his office, the Joint Chiefs chairman's and the headquarters of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines would be cut starting in 2015 and continue through 2019. He wouldn't discuss the estimated savings and didn't give details.

Military spending was slashed by $37 billion this year, forcing job furloughs that began last week for an estimated 650,000 Defense department civilian employees.

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cojef wrote:
That's a lot of civilian employees(650,000) for an active standing army of less than million grunts, more than 1 civilian to 2 soldiers.
on July 16,2013 | 10:17AM
allie wrote:
It is about time the bloated miltiary budget was cut. Too many mediocrities strutting around giving orders. Please modernize the miltiary. Stop wasting our money on empire.
on July 16,2013 | 11:53AM
localguy wrote:
allie - How little you know how the world works. Military has been cutting back for decades. Pulled out of Europe, multiple rounds of BRACs, you name it. This is the most highly educated military ever. Enlisted with higher degrees then some officers. Our military is #1 in the world, every country knows it. Problem is our congress and senate mismanage everything, forcing the military to buy war equipment like planes and ships they never asked for. Truth is bureaucrats trying to save jobs in their districts when they know there should be cuts. Remember, congress willfully mismanages the USPS. How could they ever do anything right? So next time you post, do some research so you will not look so, well, you know......
on July 16,2013 | 07:30PM
localguy wrote:
Notice how our dysfunctional congress and senate failed to align their pay system with those taking furlough cuts. No way would they do this, they work hard for their money. Really? Most dysfunctional groups ever, totally clueless and legends in their own mind. Voters need to remind them of this come election time, dump all these fools.
on July 16,2013 | 07:25PM
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